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Toys That Are Safe for Younger Siblings

Toys That Are Safe for Younger Siblings

At around 2.5, Margot got very into “tiny toys” – mainly her mouse house accessories and sensory clay kits. She is allowed to play with them while Kate naps and we always keep a close eye on her because you just never know. Right before Kate started crawling, I went through all of Margot’s toys and stored everything that might not be safe for Kate. The ideal baby and toddler toy is large enough that it cannot fit into this testing tube.  A few months ago, Kate got the cap off of a toy medicine bottle and had the entire thing in her mouth. It was fairly large so I don’t know that she could have swallowed it, but it was still scary.

Since we leave toys out and want to encourage the girls to play together, we needed a few things the girls could both (safely) play with. Some of these toys are recommended for ages 3 and up so a reminder that you should always watch your children while they play. Here are the toys that our 17 month and almost 3.5 year old love to play with. 

Toys That Are Safe for Younger Siblings

Toniebox

Audio Player

This is always my #1. It's for 3+ but both girls love it. Kate doesn't try to eat the figurines so we haven't had any issues with it.
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Janod

Chunky Puzzles

We have a few of these. The pieces are large enough for babies & fun for toddlers to play with, too.
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Maileg

Bunnies and Mice

You'll want to be mindful of any small clothing or hats, but Kate loves these little Maileg animals.
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Kiko + GG

Wooden Toys

The girls love these pull back cars, but any solid, wooden toy is great for younger siblings.
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Fisher Price

Little People

I keep a basket of these in our living room. The girls love playing with them.
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Melissa and Doug

Poke-A-Dot Books

My friend sent Margot one of these books and she played with it for 30 minutes, and will sit independently and play with it a few times a week.
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Melissa & Doug

Poke-A-Dot Number Cards

Since she loved the books so much, I decieed to buy the flash cards. She loves them and is starting to learn letter sounds.
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Le Toy Van

Wooden Play Food

These pieces are very large so they're safe for babies.
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Green Toys

Cupcakes

My friend had this one too and Margot loved it. Great for water table play.
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Sprout

Floor Table

Both girls love playing at this table and it's the perfect height for one-year-olds.
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Flash Cards

These are very durable – great for babies and toddlers.
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Lovevery

Wooden Blocks

The blocks in this set are perfect for both girls.
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Minikane

Dolls

My friend bought one of these for the girls and they both love it, so I ordered a few more. They are anatomically correct, come in a variety of skin tones, and smell like vanilla.
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Pottery Barn Kids

Play Kitchen

The girls use the stove and sink all the time. The fridge is nice for storage but not a must-have.
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Green Toys

Tea Set

The girls love this, and it's great for the bath or sensory play, too.
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Melissa and Doug

Wooden Counting Caterpillar

The pieces are huge! Great for learning colors and counting.
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Fidget Toys

Both girls love these!
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Melissa and Doug

Ice Cream Counter

Most of these pieces are large enough for 1-year-olds to play with.
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Amazon

Flower Garden Blocks

This came with some smaller pieces that I put away, but the flowers, stems, and base are large enough for our 17 month old to play with.
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Fisher Price

Little People Farm

Little People toys have been a huge hit with both girls. They love carrying around the figurines, and they both love playing with the larger sets, like this farm.
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Magna Tiles

Magnetic Tiles

Magnets can be very dangerous for babies, but these are large enough that they cannot be swallowed, and are ideal for learning colors and building big towers.
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Fat Brain Toys

Dimpl

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Sesame Street

Figurines

These are large enough that both girls can play with them, and they're easy to clean, so we often bring them on long walks and in the car.
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Hape

Vehicles

Big, solid vehicles are always good for younger siblings.
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Nugget

The Nugget

A play couch, mat, fort, and climber. The ideal creative sibling toy that's safe for all ages.
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